One of the games I played when I got my first smartphone was a simple app where you combined simple objects to unlock more complex ones. It was just a drag-and-drop interface with very few frills. It even had a simple name, like chemistry or something. Still, it was addictive, even though I ended up only trying combinations.
Doodle Devil: 3volution is the latest game in the series, which follows a similar formula but adds the theme of pure evil and tackles something like the seven deadly sins in various combinations. Does this dark side of Doodle God offer an ungodly development worth your time, or is this title as much fun as a vacation in hell? We’ll find out.
Fun Core Cycle with excess baggage
From the outset, it should be noted that Doodle Devil: 3volution is not an expensive game. While games like this were originally smartphone apps that worked with microtransactions, the exchange here is a slightly higher price in exchange for having everything in the game.
At $8.99, I’ll keep in mind the cost when I talk about the ups and downs. Despite this, Doodle Devil: 3volution offers the standard gameplay that regular fans of the series are used to, while adding a few extra modes that we’ll talk about next.
For those not familiar with the series, Doodle Devil starts with some basics and a category to work with. With a combination of triggers and buttons you combine elements like fire, water, earth, etc. to create more complex elements like steam and lava. As you learn the combinations, you will unlock more categories to keep the order.
The unique thing about Doodle Devil is that you discover things like the concept of torture, river style, the seven deadly sins and even sex. I frowned when I saw the game’s icons for some of these things, but nothing is inherently offensive. The younger player option is in the settings and for those who can have younger players play alongside them.
Everything moves fast, and combos are almost always rewarded in the first part of the game. Once you reach about 50 unlocks, things slow down and you will accidentally repeat combinations without realizing it. In the game’s shop, you can buy upgrades that prevent you from seeing the same animations or allow you to see combinations of objects, but you have to buy those first.
That’s not a bad thing, as the game gives you 10,000 gold coins to collect these items, but at this point it would be wise to turn them on by default. Gold can also be spent buying hints or direct suggestions, which is fine if you just need a nudge to make things go right, but the game likes to take all your gold and give you answers, so I’d like another incentive to not use hints all the time. There’s some hypothermia, but it’s not enough.
The shuffling, combining and exploring alone is enough to make the experience worthwhile, but those who have played the previous Doodle Devil games will be looking for the 3volution mentioned in the title. A separate game mode where you can fight unlocked mythical creatures is not new to the series as far as I know, nor is it closely tied to the main game, as far as I can tell.
With automatic battles and rather uninteresting combo mechanics for launching attacks or healing, it’s not something I spent much time on, especially since it doesn’t noticeably affect the main game. The third option on the main menu allows you to spin the slot for a chance to win more gold by playing with your hands, but the gold isn’t that adjustable anyway that you really need to worry about that.
I guess I was expecting more 3volution in the title. At this point, there’s not much that sets this version apart from the others. Fans of the series may appreciate being able to play on the PS5 thanks to backwards compatibility, as I did, but even at a reasonable price, it’s not quite the upgrade I was hoping for. Nevertheless, the formula works on a basic level for those who want to determine their way through all possible combinations.
Strong presentation with few weaknesses
Doodle Devil: 3volution has an art style that fits its theme well, with colorful portraits and plenty of evil results to fit into your combinations. I noticed a strange problem, and I don’t know if it’s because of my audio system or the game, but the music sounded too distorted and incorrect when I first loaded the game. I finally turned it off in the settings, but the problem occurred every time I listened to music and turned it on.
While it could have been more of an evolution of the formula, Doodle Devil: 3volution is a fun puzzle game that uses its core principles well. The extra modes feel a little disconnected from the main experience, and I think more integration between them could have improved the title as a whole, but for the price here, it’s certainly fun in something that’s bad.
Last point: 6.0/10
Article by – Bradley Ramsey
Date inserted – 3/11/20